Continuing on from Lincoln's Cottage we wandered into an area that we might not have been authorized to enter given we did not have visitors passes…. The Old Soldiers' Home. Written under the clock is SHERMAN
The Old Soldier's Home was founded in 1851 when it was called the Armed Forces Retirement Home. At that time the US Congress legislated a "military asylum" for invalid and disabled soldiers of the US army. The Soldiers' Home was officially recognized as being of historic significance in 1974 when four buildings built before the Civil War were designated National Historic Landmarks. The Soldiers' Home is the last remaining example of three original military asylums established in 1851.
The entrance to the Home is guarded by miniature cannons:
We saw things we might not meant to have been photographing (Yes, it was fully operational).
The grounds are really lovely:
We found an amazing tree propped up on one side
A WWII vet out for his morning stroll asked where we were from (this is when an Australian accent comes in handy) and talked to us at length about this tree which he called a Missouri Hedge Tree (though I couldn't find such a tree in a quick Google search). After telling us it was the largest hedge tree around he wandered off:
We found an interesting tower: - the sign says DO NOT USE LADDER
We then left the grounds and walked to the nearby US National Cemetery which will be the final resting place of many of the men in the Old Soldiers' Home:
So many graves: